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AMD's next generation Radeon graphics card to get a boost from GDDR5

Although NVIDIA may be grabbing headlines lately with leaked details of its next generation GeForce graphics cards, AMD isn't exactly standing still with its Radeon offerings. ATI is preparing its Radeon HD 4800 series GPUs which will replace the existing HD 3800 lineup.

While the HD 4800 Series is rumored to feature GPGPU physics and HDMI 7.1 surround sound pass-through, today we were made privy of one concrete aspect of the new cards: the onboard memory. Qimonda contacted DailyTech earlier this morning with the news that they will supply AMD with GDDR5 memory chips for the reinvigorated Radeon family.

"The days of monolithic mega-chips are gone. Being first to market with GDDR in our next-generation architecture, AMD is able to deliver incredible performance using more cost-effective GPUs," remarked Rick Bergman, AMD Senior Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Product Group. "AMD believes that GDDR5 is the optimal way to drive performance gains while being mindful of power consumption. We’re excited about the potential GDDR5 brings to the table for innovative game development and even more exciting game play."

The high-speed memory chips are 512Mbit and offer bandwidth of up to 4.0Gbps. In preparing for AMD's June launch, mass production of the new GDDR5 chips has already commenced and are shipping in volume.

"We are very proud to supply AMD with GDDR5 volume shipments only six months after first product samples have been delivered," said Robert Feurle, Qimonda AG's Vice President of the DRAM Business Unit. "This is a further milestone in our successful GDDR5 roadmap and underlines our predominant position as innovator and leader in the graphics DRAM market."

"Qimonda's strong GDDR5 roadmap convinced us to choose them as a primary technology partner for our GDDR5 GPU launch," added AMD's Joe Macri. "Both the early availability of first samples and volume shipments added great value to the development and launch of our upcoming high-performance GPU."

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RE: Damn....
By djc208 on 5/22/2008 7:20:33 AM , Rating: 2
As long as your computer doesn't get into Home Theater with you that will probably be OK. Start using it as an HTPC and you're going to need more space quickly.

My SageTV/home server only has 160GB in a RAID array for shared files (photos, music, reference materials, etc.) and it's only about 1/4 used. But I just upgraded to 1.2TB of recording space for TV shows, and with HD recording Sage will fill that up in about a month. Would be quicker but the TV seasons are ending so not as much to record.

It's a good time to be in the HTPC market though. With stuff like the Sage HD extender and the upcoming Hauppage HD-PVR it's getting much easier to get your SD or HD content on any TV or PC anywhere you want it whenever you want it.

RE: Damn....
By FITCamaro on 5/22/2008 8:06:26 AM , Rating: 2
Eventually I plan to get around to building a really nice HTPC. I've currently got just under 2TB of hard drive space in my video server, but I've got two 500GB hard drives on my desk that are going in next week. Its not all even close to being used, but eventually it will be.

RE: Damn....
By Locutus465 on 5/22/2008 8:41:35 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I wouldn't go with anything less than 1TB dedicated media storage for an HTPC, and that would be me cheaping out. But an HTPC isn't anywhere in the near future for me, so it's all good.

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